Author Archives: jakisling

Living the Change

As I wrote yesterday, I heard from Susanna Mattingly, the Sustainability Communication Officer for the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC). FWCC is joining a multi-faith campaign to work for sustainable living, called Living the Change.   This encourages us to … Continue reading

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Truth, Beauty and Bicycles

This morning I received this message from Susanna Mattingly, the Sustainability Communication Officer for the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC): I’m trying to select a few images that will represent Quakerism to faith groups all around the world. FWCC … Continue reading

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Who am I?

My Quaker meeting, Bear Creek, is part of Iowa Yearly Meeting of Friends (Conservative). As the name implies, people who belong to this group of Quaker meetings come together annually for business, worship, learning and spending time with each other. … Continue reading

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A Difficult Time

Yesterday’s meeting between the United States President and Russian leader Vladimir Putin represented the culmination of an administration that has upended many of the norms by which our government functioned and changed our relationships with other countries.  There is much … Continue reading

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“We Will Be Waiting”

The Keystone XL pipeline is back in the news. Wednesday, July 11, the Cheyenne Sioux River Nation in South Dakota received the following letter from TransCanada.The Cheyenne River tribe has opposed the Keystone pipeline since it was first proposed in … Continue reading

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Two-eyed Seeing

Two-eyed seeing “recognizes the benefits of seeing from one eye with the strengths of Indigenous ways of knowing, from the other eye the strengths of the Western ways of knowing, and using both of these eyes together to create new … Continue reading

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Should the United States leave Afghanistan?

Guest article by my friend Rezadad Mohammadi, Afghan student in the U.S. From the invasion by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics known as USSR to the invasion of the United States of Afghanistan, for almost four decades, Afghanistan has … Continue reading

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Gun (Un)control

Landmark Legal Shift Opens Pandora’s Box for DIY Guns is the apt title of a recent article by Andy Greenburg on WIRED.com. DIY stands for “do it yourself”.  It is possible for anyone with a 3D printer to download the … Continue reading

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Prospects for Peace

As others have expressed, I have had times when I’ve been overwhelmed by the nearly daily onslaughts against democratic norms, institutions and governance, or lack thereof, of the current Republican administration and Congress. This continuous series of attacks on governing … Continue reading

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Where are the babies and children?

Where are the babies and children that were forcibly taken from their parents at the US-Mexican border? It would be bad enough if the separations were documented to allow the parents and children to eventually be reunited.  But as Senator … Continue reading

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